New year, new rotation

New year, new rotation

Hey!

After a much needed Christmas holiday, we are now well rested and excited for 2022, the year when everything hopefully changes for the better and we will not have to hear phrases such as “due to the current circumstances” and “new restrictions”.

Even though we officially started our second rotation a few weeks before Christmas, it has now finally started to gain some real momentum when everyone is returning from their holiday. My new department is rather diverse, and they work with everything from identifying new technologies to managing the company’s patents and mapping the effects our products have on the environment. My supervisor works a lot with the latter, and my assignment during the upcoming months consists of two parts. The first part is to create a life cycle assessment on one of our products. A life cycle assessment, or LCA, means that you investigate the life of a product, from raw material to recycling, which you can see in the picture below. This is something we want to create for all of our products here at GKN Aerospace in order to gain more knowledge and awareness about what effects our products have on the environment. I will model this LCA in a software called GaBi, so during these first few weeks of the rotation I have completed a tutorial to try to learn the program since it is completely new to me.

The second part of my assignment is to update a sustainability tool that is used at GKN Aerospace when designing and developing new products and technologies to make sure that the sustainability perspective is not forgotten. The aspect of the tool I am working with deals with materials and material choices. This is very important because we want to avoid materials that, for example, are conflict minerals or that will be difficult to have access to in the future, something this tool is trying to visualize. For this assignment, I have had to upgrade my Excel skills, and I have also tried some VBA (programming in Excel), which has been a lot of fun!

May 2022 be a great year!

/Emelie

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hello again everyone!

What wonderful winter weather we have had during the last weeks. Sadly, the snow is already melting and warmer degrees are anticipated. However, the Christmas feeling that the graduates have remains strong and we wanted to share it with our dear graduates from previous years. We therefore started off the week with a Christmas Mingle with mulled wine, gingerbread and good music out in the rain!

As the year comes to an end, a short break on the blog is also approaching. We will be back and updating again after the Christmas break. Several exciting posts are awaiting, so don’t forget to keep a lookout here on the blog.

The graduates of 2021 wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Take care and see you soon.

First Lego League

First Lego League

Hi everybody!

As my colleagues mentioned in their posts, we are currently on our first rotations of the graduate program. My first rotation is at our Lean department. My main focus during this rotation is our deployment of our Lean Operating Model (LOM), which will enable us to deliver operational excellence throughout our organization.

In addition to our daily duties at our rotations, we have several other responsibilities as trainees. Among other things, we are responsible for administrating the master theses that we have at GAS, conducting events for our trainee alumni group, writing posts for our trainee blog, attending career fairs and other events.

This weekend, my trainee colleagues and I partook in an event named First Lego League. First Lego League is an event where children between the ages of 10-16 are introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math through a hands-on project.  The objective of this project was to program a robot to maneuver a course and perform tasks along the course to obtain points.

 In addition to this, they proposed a new innovative idea to solve pollution associated with cargo transportation. During the event, we acted as rules officials and judges. We made sure that all the participants conformed to the rules and scored them based on how well they had performed their project, their technological solution, and their core values. It showed a lot of promise to see how well they performed, especially considering their relatively young age! These types of events are crucial for us as an aerospace company. Encouraging children to pursue their interest in STEM fields lays the foundation to create the next generation of engineers! To emphasize how important we think this is, the winning team was awarded a scholarship of 12000 SEK. Now, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they manage to win the regional finals in Norway against our Nordic neighbors!

As Alex mentioned in his post, our next event together will be the digital career fair Armada. Being an ambassador for GKN Aerospace, attending these type of fairs are an important marketing activity that we perform. I, for one, am excited to have conversations with students nearing the end of their studies and convey what GKN Aerospace can offer them as a future employer! If you are a student at KTH and are interested in the aerospace industry, make sure to check out our virtual booth at Armada!

Till next time,

Elias

Greetings from the UK

Greetings from the UK

Hello!

I am Darshana and I am very happy to be writing for this blog today. I am one of the three UK 2021 graduates, and you can see us in the photo below. We are all based at the Global Technology Centre in Bristol for our first placement.

From left: Danielle Julie Nouwe Edou, Darshana Ramrekha, and Zaryab Afzal, the UK graduates

On the left is Danielle. She is from Cameroon and studied an integrated Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Aston University. She is currently working in the Horizon 3 Future Flight team on a project, which aims to develop a hydrogen-powered system for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System). As part of her role, she has been designing 3D models of components that will be combined to form the overall UAS. Alongside her role, she is excited to work with young people as a STEM Ambassador as an advocate for pursuing careers in STEM, notably, engineering.

On the right is Zaryab. He is from Pakistan and grew up in Scotland. He studied an Integrated Master’s Degree in Aero-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Zaryab is currently working within the Future Flight team, and is focusing on a novel eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) concept capable of transporting many passengers using electric power. So far, Zaryab’s favourite part of the programme has been the opportunity to explore a breadth of topics alongside his core project. This has included looking at hydrogen power, supporting with financial studies and working on creating a life-cycle assessment on GKN products as part of the sustainability work streams. He is also exploring the opportunity to carry out STEM outreach with the local community.

I am from Mauritius and I grew up in London. I studied Physics at King’s College London. During a summer internship, I had the opportunity to work on aircrafts and it helped me decide that I wanted to work in the aerospace field. I did my Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France, specialising in composite materials. For my first placement at GKN, I am working in additive manufacturing, specifically on the Laser Metal Deposition by wire cell. It is very exciting to work on this innovative technology, researching new ideas that can be developed into practical applications at GKN. I am really enjoying my time at GKN. It is great to talk to colleagues who are passionate about their projects, and who are always willing to answer my questions. Like Danielle and Zaryab, I am also looking forward to joining the STEM outreach programme.

There are always opportunities to get involved in exciting projects at GKN. Last month, I was asked to take part in the GTC inauguration event. I met the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and it was a surreal experience! We talked about the graduate programme and I accompanied them to do lay-ups of carbon-fibre sheets for Resin Transfer Moulding. I was impressed to see how well informed Boris Johnson was on composite structures. He asked interesting questions about carbon fibres and their transformation into the strong and rigid structures that are used on aircrafts.

From left: Boris Johnson, Darshana Ramrekha, and Liz Truss, from the GTC opening in Bristol

It has been an eventful couple of months and I am eager to see what comes next. I am especially looking forward to finally meeting the graduates from Sweden and the US in-person, after many virtual meetings!

Take care,

Darshana

Halfway through our first rotation!

Halfway through our first rotation!

Time flies and we are now a couple of weeks into our first rotations. I have been assigned to the engineering department of aerodynamics and become a computational engineer on my first rotation, which I think is a nice first challenge. The department works with fluid dynamics and thermodynamics which are subjects I am familiar with as I have a relevant background. I mean it is a pretty good feeling to know what you are doing and working with on your first assignment.

Shortly after I entered the department I got an introduction to the project I am to help out with. I have been placed in a project working with the SWAN nozzle where I am to study the cooling process of the nozzle in operation. For you who are unfamiliar with the SWAN nozzle, it is GKNs patented space nozzle which will be placed on the new Ariane 6 rocket. Below you see a picture of the nozzle:

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SWAN nozzle. Click here to read more.

My work has so far involved CFD simulations of the channel cooling using ANSYS CFX, which is a tool I have almost zero experience of as I have previously mostly used FLUENT. But with a little bit of help from my supervisor it is going well. To all of you who has used CFD, you know that there are always new stuff to learn. But in my experience here at GKN, you get the support you need which makes the transition from university to work not that demanding. I also believe that you have use of what you learned at university and I often experience those: “Ahaa, I know that” feelings when discussing the how and why of the procedures.

I also know that a lot of you are now looking for masters’ thesis. I would strongly recommend you to apply for a thesis here at GKN, which is something that I did. Together with a friend, we performed a preliminary design study of a new engine concept with the potential to reduce airplane emissions. What we did was to understand the concept and implement it in an aircraft of our choosing. The work had a lot of degrees of freedom which gave us free hands to do our own choices and assumptions, and depending on our choices we had to model different parameters ourselves. The thesis was extremely rewarding and interesting!

If this got you all fired up about doing a thesis at GKN in Trollhättan, I most definitely think you should check out the tab “thesis”. Many of the available thesis are posted there. But I can tell you that there are alternative channels to go through for the interested student. I got my thesis directly via a professor from a course I had as he had connections to GKN and my thesis supervisor, and for this reasons I would strongly encourage you to search among your academic contacts for interesting topics!

If you have any questions you can always send me an email. Otherwise we might see each other on some fair event and please drop by and ask us some questions!

All the best!

/Merim

First rotation started!

First rotation started!

Hi, I’m back!

This week I’m extra thankful for being back in more southern parts of Sweden. Friends in Luleå reported the first 4 decimeters (you’ll have to translate it yourself) of slushy snow while I was enjoying my morning coffee in the sun.


From left: Danijela Maric (Communication strategist), Alexander Jenhall and Amanda Dalstam (Manager Analytics & Digital Innovation, Trainee 2018)

After on-boarding, workshop practice and teambuilding we have soon completed the third week in what will be the greater part of our traineeprogram, our rotations on-site in Trollhättan. The first 10 weeks everyone will be spending at their home department before exploring new departments based on personal interest and opportunities. My home department is at Strategy & Business Innovation which is a part of Business Line Engines meaning that we work globally to support all of our 14 Engine sites even though the team currently is based in Trollhättan. My first rotation consists of two parts. One of them is working on the yearly plan for Engines and the activities the company must perform to meet the requirements towards owners, government, customers and employees. The other one is working with the digitalization team towards a conceptual factory of tomorrow and a cost estimation based on the function we forecast will be crucial.

First few weeks has been a lot about meeting people in different departments of the company, gaining an understanding of the strategy work and abbreviations everywhere. The welcoming has been great and it’s amazing that every person we meet takes time to talk about their role and surprisingly often they have a connection to the trainee program. Additionally, Robin (2020-trainee) have tricked Elias and myself to start playing padel tennis, we’ll see how long my knees will withhold.

The first rotation has barely started but it’s about time to start thinking about what department we would like to spend our next rotation on. But we will have to talk more about that in another post.

Are you interested in the Traineeprogram or just curious about what we’re doing in Trollhättan? Come by our digital showcase at Armada and we’ll take it from there!

Take care!

/Alex

Bohusgården

Bohusgården

Hello Hello!

Mid-October is here and autumn is making its entrance again. The leaves are changing colors on the trees, the days get shorter, and the rain pours down in copious amounts. Dull times according to many – but persevere, because soon it will be Christmas.

To break away from everyday life, we trainees have spent two days at Bohusgården Hotell & Konferens (aka coffee, sweets and ice cream in large quantities) in Uddevalla. These two days have been gilded by sunlight and a focus on development, both individually and as a group. During the first day, we got to know each other better through exercises linked to group dynamics. We were also visited by Christopher Sörensen from HR who helped us identify and discuss the group’s individual and common strengths. In the evening, spa and good food awaited, as well as a few intense rounds of billiards and shuffle board.

The second day began with a case to practice our ability to solve problems in groups. After that, we discussed our and the company’s goals and expectations for the trainee program. We were also visited by Fredrik Wallin and Peter Stommendal from the Strategy department, who presented GKN Aerospace Engine’s overall strategy and vision, which put our future work in a larger context.

It was two very fun and intense days where we, among other things, learned many new things about each other. Now we will continue our first rotation and next week there will be a post from Alexander about his time within the Strategy department.

See you later!

Ps. Are you looking for a master thesis? Do not forget to view the project proposals offered by us at GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan here!

Workshop practice

Workshop practice

Hello everyone!

For the past two weeks, we have had workshop practice. We have all observed individual parts and their journey through the flow of operations here at GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan. Today was the final day of the workshop practice and we presented our learnings from the weeks to each other. Below is a brief description of our experience.

Elias: I spent my introductory workshop period at the Rotatives department in the X-workshop, where I followed the production sequence of an LPC (Low Pressure Compressor). The LPC is one of the first steps of a conventional jet engine, with the purpose of initializing the compression of air before the following engine parts. Rotating parts of a jet engine usually have strict requirements when it comes to tolerances, so through this workshop period, I had the opportunity to see the methods that GKN Aerospace use to accomplish these requirements. The manufacturing process included conventional machining, such as milling and lathing, but also included more advanced metallurgical control and measuring methods. In conclusion, it was very insightful to have the opportunity to observe part of GKN’s operations and see what some of the challenges are in a manufacturing process.

Emelie: During my time in the workshop, I had the opportunity to follow a product called 30k TEC. The name does not really say much initially, but 30k is a name used for motors that generate a thrust of around 30 000 lbf, or approximately 135 kN, and TEC stands for Turbine Exhaust Case, which means that it is located after the turbine in the engine. During my time in the workshop I saw the product transform from just a box of components to a finished product, which has been a lot of fun! Before this, I had never set foot in a workshop, but thanks to this experience I know a lot more about what it is like to work in a workshop. Every day I got to follow a new process, and I have learned about everything from welding and X-ray to turning and milling.

Alexander: The last two weeks I’ve spent at Structures in the C-shop. I had the opportunity to follow XWB, a large static part that resides in the Trent XWB (Rolls-Royce) engine, powering the A350-900. The part is welded together from smaller sections and if that was not cool enough, LMD (Laser Metal Deposition) is utilized to build up the profile. It has been a great opportunity to meet co-workers and gain a better understanding about the products produced in Trollhättan.

Merim: During my workshop practice I’ve been assigned to the RM12 engine, which powers Sweden’s own Gripen fighter jet. I’ve previously never seen an RM12 engine, in fact I’ve never seen a jet engine except for pictures, and to see one in reality was a real experience! I have got the privilege to see all the individual components that are inside, which all contribute to the successful operation of the engine. I am glad for getting the opportunity of seeing an RM12 engine, it has been immensely fun and I am very grateful for everything I have learned by the best within the field of RM12.

Moa: During my workshop practice I have been with the department Spools and Special Processes and followed the part LM2500. LM2500 is a part that is not used in aviation, as LM stands for Land & Marine. The part is a spool covering step 3-9 in a gas turbine compressor and is a rotating part with strict tolerances. It has been very interesting to follow the production flow of the part as it moves diligently through the plant and I have learned a lot about different processes used here in Trollhättan.

In conclusion, it has been a very rewarding time, and we are all extremely grateful to everyon that has taken the time to guide us and help us understand what they are working with! We are now looking forward starting our first rotation.

A new year begins

A new year begins

Hello everyone!

Once again, it’s time for a new group of trainees to take on GKN Aerospace and thus take over this blog. In the picture you see us posing in front of the RM12, the engine of JAS Gripen. We are a happy team from all around Sweden who in one way or another have found their way to Trollhättan. We are all very excited on what the trainee program has to offer.

Time flies and we are already at the end of our third week at GKN Aerospace. During the first week, as mentioned in the previous post, we explored Trollhättan with the trainees from 2020 to get to know them better. We also spent the end of the week learning more about the Apprentice Program, which is a collaboration with the Teknikcollege (where GKN Aerospace is included) and Nils Ericsson High School in Trollhättan. We got a crash course in turning and milling, which are common processes within all production lines at GKN Aerospace.

The second week started with a course in Jet engine theory together with the 2020 trainees since it was cancelled last year. Eight hours can be summed up in four words: suck, squeeze, bang, blow. This was followed by the start of our virtual onboarding together with trainees from the UK and US, which also went on throughout our third week. During this time, we have had the opportunity to listen to exciting guest lectures, participated in Q&A’s and developed an understanding of, for example, Power of 5 (GKN’s cultural principles), engagement and group development. We are very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to make this onboarding the best possible despite the circumstances and everyone’s busy schedules.

To summarize, the first few weeks have consisted of a lot of new and exciting insights about the program and the company. Next week, we will get some workshop experience before starting our first rotation in the beginning of October.

Until next time.

Ps.

If you want to read more about us trainees, you can click here.

One year later

One year later

Hello everyone!

Once again it’s Friday and we have just finished the fourth week of work after our annual holidays. It’s really a cliché, but time passes on so quickly. Especially since we’ve worked a month already but also when you realize that we’ve been with GKN Aerospace for a full year already. And with us being here for a year, that also means that the new graduates has finally joined us on the site, which we’ve been looking forward to since we got to meet them the first time a couple months back.

Monday afternoon we had a teambuilding exercise where we, in teams of two, had to walk around central Trollhättan to photograph points of interest. Considering we’re in Sweden and it is September, no-one was really ready for the high temperatures that day and therefore a competition between the teams collecting most waypoints took out its toll on us.  During the 2.5 hour duration we really got the chance to get to know each other and show the city that most of the new graduates just moved to. The activity was then concluded with a dinner, which after 20.000 steps, tasted even better.

Exhaust nozzle which today is a book-exchange shelf in Trollhättan.
Dinner with the graduates.

Considering that the new graduates have started, they’ll soon take over the responsibility for this blog while my cohort will continue the graduate programme with a project where we’ll exit our rotations and work together on a project for the final months of 2021. During the fall, we’ll also start planning and prepare for our international rotations that we’ll embark on in January. However, the coming weeks will be intense as we must finish our rotations, start the new project and then we also have our third development week scheduled which will include loads of interesting workshops and training sessions.

High pace and a lot of new experiences is awaited, but it’s extremly rewarding and it is the work-environment I prefer to be in. With that said, I wish you all a pleasant weekend and you’ll soon be able to get to know the new graduates here on this blog.

Jens